Boldon-based Heating and Gas Solutions was founded in 2011 by former Eaga employee Graham Dodd to install gas boilers in homes across Durham and the North East.
However, becoming an accredited installer for the Government’s Affordable Warmth and Green Deal schemes meant he not only had to diversify his services but also increase his manpower.
Now, with the help of three, fully-qualified engineers and two apprentices he is installing a full range of renewables, such as solar panels and air and ground source heat pumps to help eradicate fuel poverty in the region.
“The company really hit the ground running in terms of orders and contracts,” said Graham.
“However, as with any start-up company, there were considerable overheads, which I had to absorb in order to grow the business. Thankfully, because I used to work for Eaga there was a huge amount of help available to me through the eaga Trust.”
Graham successfully applied for a Business Funding loan which enabled him to purchase a much-needed van, and he has now come “off the tools” in order to concentrate on expanding the business.
Shirley Batty, ambassador at the eaga Trust, said: “We were very happy to be able to help Graham, as he is a shining example of what can be achieved through hard work, determination and skill.”
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